…As he perform at “Night of the Thousand Stars”
By: Fred Yaw Sarpong-Daily Express
Report from Mauritius
The Ghana’s dancehall artist and the Ghana’s 2015 BET award winner, StoneBwoy rocked Mauritius as he performed at the “Night of the Thousand Stars” held at the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort on Tuesday 1 September 2015.
The event which dubbed #OnlyTheBest of African entertainment brought together a lot of stars from the continent is part of the week long 2015 MultiChoiceAfrican Showcase extravaganza.
StoneBwoy took his turn to entertain the various guests at the “Night of the Thousand Stars” who stood on their feets to cheer the Ghanaian artist. StoneBwoy performed his latest tracks such as Baafala, the favourate of song of President John Mahama and his current one- Go High.
“There is a lot Ghanaians and the rest Africa are expecting from me and my team and we promise to deliver,” he told Daily Express.
His performance at the “Night of the Thousand Stars” at the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort attracted the attention of many guests from other countries that are appealing for his visit to their country. “We are your favourate and its amaze to see the kind of your songs we listen to,” a Zambian guest told StoneBwoy.
Other artists included Flavour, the Mavins, Donjazzy and among others. They kept the guests on their feet with their popular hits while the night's MCs IK and Ekukept the glamorous proceedings running smoothly.
The “Night of a Thousand Stars” saw all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood stars like Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic, Desmond Elliot and Ramsey Nuoah as they were given the full movie-star treatment.
The guests at the event also experienced host IK who also brought his popular show, High Lites with IK, to the stage in Mauritius with a delightful interview with Nigerian crooner Banky W alongside music by DJ Sousa.
In his welcome address, the MultiChoiceAfrica's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Jacobs promise that the video entertainment service provider will do all it can to make only the best content available to its subscribers on any platform, on any device and at any time.
“We believe television is an extremely powerful tool that can educate, entertain and inform. The evolution of this medium has become fast and furious and as a business we are constantly evolving to stay ahead,” said Jacobs.
“MultiChoice’s business is built around three key pillars: people; content - in the form of great entertainment, news and sport - and the latest cutting-edge technology. Our mission is to ensure that our subscribers do not miss out on any of the stories, events or moments that are shaping our future,” he added.
He lauded the success of MultiChoice’s GOtv DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television) offering, which currently operates in 8 countries, bringing low-cost digital television to homes and supporting governments in freeing up vital broadcast spectrum by switching from analogue to digital signal.
He also acknowledged the challenges which the business faces. “Our growth over the last 20 years has been a result of massive investments we have made in people, content and technology – but as with any business, not all of these investments or changes have hit the spot, so we have from time to time re-evaluated our position and made changes to our strategies. At the end of the day however it is really our subscribers we have to thank for staying with us, trusting us to deliver the best television experience and customer service to make their experience world class,” said Jacobs.
M-Net Regional Director West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, reminded guests that M-Net has a near 30-year history on the continent, where it started with a daily 12-hour broadcast on a single channel. Now, having changed the way television is viewed across the continent, the broadcaster leads the way in producing, acquiring and showcasing the best entertainment content in Africa.
“Our first broadcast in 1986 led to other firsts like the launch of SuperSport and the Mzansi Magic, Zambezi Magic, Jango Magic and Africa Magic channels; and with the creation of exciting, genre-defining and iconic content likeCarte Blanche and Tinsel, M-Net continues to shape cultures, build bridges and empower talent across Africa even as we remain synonymous with all things entertainment on the continent,” said Mba-Uzoukwu.
She echoed Jacobs’ sentiments about the need for constant evolution, to stay ahead of the video entertainment service provision field.
“We are launching and redefining channels and we continue to expand our content offerings to viewers across the continent. Our ongoing and significant investments in local productions have positioned Africa on the entertainment global arena and with new technology we continue to reach even more people, ensuring that no one ever misses the M-Net Magic. Our investment drive remains geared not only towards the industries in which we play, but also in the people who power them,” said Mba-Uzoukwu.
The MultiChoice Africa Content Showcase is a dynamic 5-day content extravaganza, which sees a host of DStv’s biggest channels, including Sony, SuperSport, Zee TV, A+E, Disney, MTV Base, BET, Comedy Central, BBC and M-Net previewing their latest and greatest content, soon to be seen across the video entertainment services provider’s platforms.
This year’s event is the second Africa’s biggest television content event where MultiChoice, owners of DStv and GOtv brings together content providers and media personnel at one venue to appreciate the efforts of these content providers.
Mauritius, a volcanic island nation in the Indian Ocean, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior encompasses Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and native fauna like the flying fox.